Tony Clark

Anthony Christopher Clark (born June 15, 1972), is a former Major League Baseball first baseman and current executive director of the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Clark had his best years with the Detroit Tigers (1995–2001), but also played with five other teams during a 15-year career that ended in 2009. He was a switch hitter, and threw right-handed. He was third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1996, and was an All Star in 2001.

Clark was a union representative while he was a player, and after retiring he joined the staff of the MLBPA in 2010.[1] He served as deputy executive director and acting executive director of the union before he was appointed executive director in December 2013, upon the death of Michael Weiner.[1] Clark is the first former player to be executive director of the MLB players' union.[1]

Tony Clark
Tony Clark May 2008 (cropped)
Clark with the San Diego Padres in 2008
First baseman
Born: June 15, 1972 (age 47)
Newton, Kansas
Batted: Switch Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 1995, for the Detroit Tigers
Last MLB appearance
July 12, 2009, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
Batting average.262
Home runs251
Runs batted in824
Career highlights and awards

High school career and college career

Clark prepped at Valhalla High School in El Cajon, California, but after going out to dinner with principal Ed Giles and others, [2] Clark transferred to nearby Christian High School.[2] He averaged 43.7 points per game in basketball in his senior season.[3] He amassed a then-San Diego-area high school basketball record with 2,549 career points, and broke Bill Walton's San Diego high school single-season scoring record with 1,337 points as a senior.

Clark played college basketball at the University of Arizona and San Diego State, where he was the Aztecs' top scorer with 11.5 points per game in 1991–92.[4] During the summers, he played minor league baseball after having been drafted out of high school with the second overall pick in 1990 by the Detroit Tigers.[5] He would eventually leave college (and his basketball career) without finishing his business administration degree in order to focus on baseball.[6]

Professional baseball career

In a 15-year career, Clark hit .262 with 251 home runs and 824 run batted in (RBIs) in 1,559 games played.

He was third in Rookie of the Year voting in 1996, when he hit .250 with 27 home runs.

His most productive seasons were 1997, with 32 homers and 117 RBIs (10 errors at first base), 1998, with 34 homers and 103 RBIs (13 errors at first), and 1999, with 31 home runs and 99 RBIs (10 errors at first).

Clark was selected an All-Star in 2001.

In 2002, Clark hit only .207 with 29 RBIs and three home runs for Boston in 90 games, with a career-low .291 slugging percentage.[7] In 2003, he batted .232 for the New York Mets.


Signed as a bench player, Clark filled in for the New York Yankees in 2004 after Jason Giambi was forced out of the lineup because of an injury. Though he was replaced as the main first baseman by John Olerud late in the season, he still had a few memorable performances.

On June 29, 2004, at Yankee Stadium, Clark hit a deep center field two-run homer off Derek Lowe, to help his team to an 11-3 win over the Red Sox. Clark joined Bernie Williams and Danny Tartabull as the only players to reach the center field bleachers more than once since the remodeled Yankee Stadium opened in 1976. During an August 28 game, Clark hit a career-high 3 home runs in an 18-6 rout of the Blue Jays in Toronto.

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Clark with the Diamondbacks in 2007


Clark signed with the Arizona Diamondbacks after the 2004 season. In 2005, he enjoyed success with the D-Backs. In a limited role (349 at bats), he hit .307, belted 30 home runs, and knocked in 87 runs.[8]


In 2006, Clark was injured for most of the season. Although he tried to play through a shoulder injury that required significant surgery to repair, he batted a career-low .197, with a career-low .279 on-base percentage, in 132 at-bats. He struggled especially against right-handers, batting .125 against them.


In 2007, Clark shared first base with Conor Jackson. He played in 113 games, and batted .249.


After the season, his contract was up and on February 10, 2008, Clark agreed to a one-year contract worth $900,000 with the San Diego Padres.[9] On July 17, 2008, he was traded back to the Arizona Diamondbacks for minor league pitcher Evan Scribner.[10] In order to complete the trade, Clark waived a clause under his contract with the Padres pursuant to which he was to receive $500,000 from the Padres if traded.[10]

In 2008, between the two teams, Clark batted .225 with a .318 slugging percentage. Clark struck out more than ​13 of the time, with 55 strikeouts in 151 at-bats. He struggled especially against right-handers, batting .198 against them.


Clark filed for free agency after the 2008 season. On January 2, 2009, he signed a one-year deal worth $800,000 to remain with the Diamondbacks.[11]

Clark had a startling good performance on Opening Day 2009, hitting 2 home runs to lead the D-Backs to a victory over the Colorado Rockies; fellow switch-hitting teammate Felipe López also homered from both sides of the plate in the same game, making them the first teammates to do so on an Opening Day.[12]

Clark slumped badly thereafter, however, as in his next 18 at-bats he only managed to eke out a single. As of May 6 he was batting .179, and had struck out in more than half his at bats.[13] That day Clark was placed on the 15-day disabled list for a lingering wrist ligament injury, and Whitesell, who was hitting .356 for the Reno Aces with a .477 on-base percentage, was called up to the Diamondbacks to take his place.[14][15][16] Clark suffered the injury during spring training, and re-aggravated it in late April, leaving him unable to swing comfortably from the left side. It was anticipated that the injury could require more than 15 days to heal.[17] On June 19 Clark came off the disabled list and returned to Arizona (after a rehab assignment at Reno in which he batted .160, and during which he turned 37), and Whitesell was optioned back to Reno (after batting .300 with a .447 on-base percentage in his second stint with the team).[18][19] In his first game back with the team, Clark went 0-3 with 2 strikeouts to bring his batting average down to .161, with strikeouts in 55% of his at bats for the season.

Clark struggled on defense as well, as on June 21 in his second game back he dropped a throw to him at first base with two outs in the ninth, allowing the winning run to score for Seattle.[20] The play left players and managers on both sides stunned and speechless.[20] "It's a miserable ending to a rough road trip", manager A. J. Hinch said.[21] His resulting .973 fielding percentage was last among major league first basemen who had played 60 or more innings.[22]

On July 12, 2009, the Diamondbacks released Clark, who was hitting .182 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. They replaced him with Whitesell. Clark said he would continue to work out the next few weeks in the event an opportunity might arise with another team, and that if he didn't land with another team he'd consider broadcasting and coaching, perhaps with the Diamondbacks. Diamondbacks General Manager Josh Byrnes expressed an interest in keeping him with the organization, and Clark said he "would welcome the opportunity."[23]


Clark played in four post-season series through 2008, two each for the Yankees and the Diamondbacks. In aggregate, he batted .135, with a .158 on-base percentage and a .189 slugging percentage, and drove in one run in 37 at-bats.[24]


In August 2009, after being released from the Diamondbacks, Clark became a studio analyst with the MLB Network.

Baseball Players Association

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Clark (left), Lt. Gen. Stephen J. Townsend (center), and Rob Manfred (right) before the Fort Bragg Game in 2016

Throughout his playing career, Clark was involved in the Major League Baseball Players Association (MLBPA) on various levels. He attended an Executive Board meeting for the first time in 1999 and was a team player representative and Association Representative for several seasons following. He was an active participant in the union's collective bargaining in 2002 and 2006 and in negotiations regarding Major League Baseball's drug policy. In March 2010, Clark was hired to be the MLBPA's Director of Player Relations.[25]

It was reported in April 2013 that Clark was close to earning a degree in history and planned to potentially pursue a law degree.[6] Following the death of Michael Weiner, Clark was unanimously voted executive director of Major League Baseball Players Association in December 2013. He became the first former Major League player to hold the position.[1]


During his time in Detroit, fans and the media gave Tony the nickname "Tony the Tiger." The nickname came from the Frosted Flakes mascot Tony the Tiger and that he was a member of the Detroit Tigers.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d Wilson, Bernie (December 3, 2013). "Clark 1st ex-big leaguer to run MLB players' union". Associated Press. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  2. ^ Dickens, Bill. "California: El Cajon Valley Ends Helix Hex". Max Preps. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  3. ^ "Diamondbacks sign Tony Clark to one-year deal". Arizona Diamondbacks. January 24, 2005. Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  4. ^ "Tony Clark biography". Major League Baseball. Retrieved April 6, 2010.
  5. ^ Svrluga, Barry (February 28, 2016). "How Tony Clark made his way from the ballfield to the board room". Washington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  6. ^ a b Franklin, Paul (April 10, 2013). "Tony Clark was a huge hit with the Trenton Thunder". Retrieved January 16, 2018.
  7. ^ Nobles, Charlie (March 19, 2003). "BASEBALL; Clark a Fit for the Mets In the Big and Tall Shop". New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Tony Clark". Baseball Reference. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  9. ^ Krasovic, Tom (February 10, 2008). "Clark, Padres agree on contract". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  10. ^ a b "Clark waives trade bonus in return to Arizona". news services. July 17, 2008. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  11. ^ Steve Gilbert (January 2, 2009). "Clark to remain with D-backs in '09". Retrieved January 2, 2009.
  12. ^ "Homer-happy D-backs outslug Rox | News". Archived from the original on January 16, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  13. ^ "Tony Clark Game By Game Stats and Performance – ESPN". July 12, 2009. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  14. ^ Daniel Chann (May 6, 2009). "Aces' Whitesell Called Up To Arizona Diamondbacks". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  15. ^ "Fantasy Baseball Breaking News". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  16. ^ Tyler Bassett. "D-backs recall Whitesell; Clark placed on the DL". Archived from the original on January 14, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  17. ^ "Fantasy Baseball Breaking News". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
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  19. ^ "Demons and Angels: the best and worst Diamondbacks from the past 28 days". AZ Snake Pit. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  20. ^ a b Chase Johnson. "Sports Recap". TV Sports Daily. Archived from the original on July 31, 2009. Retrieved June 23, 2009.
  21. ^ "MLB Baseball". Archived from the original on May 5, 2014. Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  22. ^ "2014 Regular Season MLB Baseball 1B Fielding Statistics – Major League Baseball – ESPN". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  23. ^ Piecoro, Nick (July 13, 2009). "Clark not stunned by release". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  24. ^ "Tony Clark Statistics and History". Retrieved May 5, 2014.
  25. ^ "Tony Clark Joins MLBPA as Director of Player Relations" (PDF). March 10, 2010. Retrieved January 28, 2018.

External links

1990 Major League Baseball draft

The 1990 Major League Baseball (MLB) Draft was held in June 1990. The draft placed amateur baseball players onto major league teams. 1,487 players were distributed to 26 teams. The draft consisted of first round selections, supplemental first round selections, compensation picks, and many more rounds, in fact, it went a record 101 rounds with 40 first round selections. With a league-worst record of 63 wins and 97 losses in the 1989 MLB Season, the Atlanta Braves selected shortstop, Chipper Jones out of the Bolles School with the first pick of the draft. 9 NBA and NFL players were drafted in 1990. 7 of the first 10 picks were selected directly out of high school.

1995 Detroit Tigers season

The 1995 Detroit Tigers finished in fourth place in the American League Eastern Division with a record of 60–84 (.417).

1996 Detroit Tigers season

The 1996 Detroit Tigers had a record of 53–109 for the third worst winning percentage (.327) in team history. With a number of capable batters (Cecil Fielder, Tony Clark, Bobby Higginson, Alan Trammell, Rubén Sierra, and Damion Easley), the team scored a respectable 783 runs. However, the 1996 Tigers lacked pitching and allowed their opponents to score 1,103 runs. No team in American League history and only one in major league history (the 1930 Philadelphia Phillies) has given up more runs. No pitcher on the team had more than 7 wins. Of the games the Tigers lost, 58 were by four or more runs, a record for the number of games lost by such a margin. The Tigers made more unwanted history when they were swept 12–0 by the Cleveland Indians in the regular season series, losing all twelve games played while being outscored, 79–28.

2002 Boston Red Sox season

The 2002 Boston Red Sox season was the 102nd season in the franchise's Major League Baseball history. The Red Sox finished second in the American League East with a record of 93 wins and 69 losses, 10½ games behind the New York Yankees. The Red Sox did not qualify for the postseason, as the AL wild card was the Anaheim Angels who had finished second in the American League West with a record of 99–63.

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Between the Lines (TV series)

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The show centred on the eventful life of Detective Superintendent Tony Clark, played by Neil Pearson. Clark was an ambitious member of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB), an internal organisation of the Metropolitan Police that investigates complaints against officers as well as claims of corruption inside the police force. Along the way Clark had to overcome strong influence from his superiors and problems in his private life, most notably the break-up of his marriage following an affair with WPC Jenny Dean (Lesley Vickerage). Throughout the series Clark was assisted by colleagues Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Mo Connell (Siobhan Redmond).

The show became a surprise hit for the BBC, winning a British Academy Television Award (BAFTA) for Best Drama Series in 1994. In 2000 it was voted into the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes by the British Film Institute. The series was reviewed in an episode of the BBC documentary series Call the Cops, which stated the series had "found a way of getting to grips with the corruption scandals of the 1990s".Executive producer Tony Garnett had begun his career as an actor before becoming a producer in the late 1960s. His credits included The Wednesday Play and Play for Today. Following Between the Lines, he went on to produce several popular and notable series including This Life (1996–97), Ballykissangel and The Cops (1998–2000).

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Fort Bragg Game

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Major League Baseball Players Association

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The MLBPA has three major divisions: a labor union, a business (Players Choice Group Licensing Program), and a charitable foundation (Major League Baseball Players Trust).The MLBPA primarily serves as a collective bargaining representative for all Major League Baseball players, as well as playing significant roles in MLB-related business and non-profit affairs.

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During the 2014 season, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball instituted its own changes. These included a 12-second pitch clock, reducing timeouts, warm-up pitches, making intentional walks automatic by signalling the umpire, rather than throwing four intentional balls. The Arizona Fall League began using a pitch clock in 2014 and the Double-A and Triple-A levels of Minor League Baseball followed suit in 2015. Those levels saw a 12-minute reduction in game times.Towards the end of the 2014 season, Commissioner of Baseball Bud Selig announced the formation of a committee to examine the issue. John Schuerholz chaired the committee, which also included Sandy Alderson, Tony Clark, Rob Manfred, Joe Torre, and Tom Werner. Manfred, having succeeded Selig as the Commissioner in 2015, instituted rule changes to MLB before the start of the 2015 MLB season to address pace of play, including having batters remain in the batters box and the installation of time clocks to limit the time spent around commercial breaks. In 2015, MLB had a committee discuss bringing back the bullpen car.Prior to the 2017 MLB season, the rules were amended to allow a manager to order an automatic intentional walk. MLB and the MLB Players Association (MLBPA) discussed the possibility of introducing the pitch clock at the major league level for the 2018 season. MLB opted against imposing it unilaterally, over the opposition of the MLBPA. Before the 2018 season, MiLB took major actions, including adding pitch clocks at all levels, beginning each extra inning with a runner on second base, and restricting the number of mound visits for full-season Class A through Triple-A teams. Also, the Arizona Diamondbacks of MLB announced they would introduce their first bullpen car in 2018.Minor League Baseball expanded its pace of play initiatives in 2019 by requiring Double-A and Triple-A pitchers to face a minimum of three consecutive batters until the side is retired or the pitcher becomes injured and is unable to continue playing. Also, the number of allowed mound visits was reduced: Class A (9 visits), Double-A (7 visits), and Triple-A (5 visits).

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